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onarchy is closely related with all countries where the Orthodox Church is dominant.

There are also close links with our Australian Monarchy.
Orthodox priest, Fr. Andrew Phillips has said, the Monarchy is, in fact, one of the few remaining vestiges of Orthodox Christianity in the West. Christian monarchy was inherited from the first Christian Emperors. It is not by chance, Fr. Phillips says, that the Golden Jubilee celebration of Her Majesty's accession coincides with the Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen. Constantine himself was born in Eboracum or what is now York in England.
“The Queen is herself the blood descendant of Orthodox saints such as St Edward the Martyr.
“No less than three Orthodox saints are among the close relatives of Queen Elizabeth the Second. Two of these are granddaughters of the Regina-Imperatrix Victoria - St Alexandra the Tsaritsa and her sister, St Elizabeth the New Martyr. Tsar St Nicholas is the third. 

 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, is an Orthodox Christian as well  (he returned to Orthodoxy in the 1990's). On widowhood, his mother became an Orthodox nun and had her chapel in Buckingham Palace until her death in 1969 when she was buried beside St Elizabeth Fedorovna in Jerusalem.



Russian Martyrs honoured in Australia Print E-mail
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 21 July 2008

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The debate over Australia’s constitutional future is not something which comes from the people, but a small elite.

For much of the twentieth century another republican elite, funded by Soviet Communists,  plotted to make Australia a republic. This was to be  based on the East European and Soviet model.

As we reported in our last column on the brutal murder of the Imperial Family by the same Soviet communists, and on the direct orders of Lenin, there are those apologists even today who say this terrible crime was worth it .


But as Oleg Gordievsky, a former Colonel of the KGB, wrote and we repeat because it should never be forgotten:

“Russia under Nicholas II, with all the survivals of feudalism, had opposition political parties, independent trade unions and newspapers, a rather radical parliament and a modern legal system. Its agriculture was on the level of the USA, with industry rapidly approaching the Western European level.

“[In contrast] in the USSR there was total tyranny, no political liberties and practically no human rights. Its economy was not viable; agriculture was destroyed. The terror against the population reached a scope unprecedented in [human] history.
 

 “No wonder many Russians look back at Tsarist Russia as a paradise lost.”



....Commemoration in Russia and abroad, including Australia...



 In Australia to honour the martyrdom of the Russian Imperial Family, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, presided over an  All Night Vigil  and  Divine Liturgy at  the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Sydney.

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The martyrdom was  also remembered in a  midnight Liturgy   in the newly built Cathedral erected in honour of the Martyrs on the site of the demolished Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg.

 

His Holiness Patriarch Alexey of Moscow and All Russia presided  in the presence of dozens of Russian Orthodox metropolitans, archbishops, and bishops, some hundreds of clergy and tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the Russian lands and abroad.

According to Father Joachim to the Melbourne based Monarchist  Alliance, a delegation from the Australian Russian Orthodox community was among those attending.

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In his Epistle, “On the 90th Anniversary of the Murder of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers,” ( posted on the website of The Russian Orthodox Church overseas and the Monarchist Alliance), His Holiness said:

“The decades of our history which were marred by the sufferings of war, internecine strife, starvation and indescribable, massive repressions were in many ways determined by the moral failings rooted in the abandonment of the eternal truths revealed to us by God.
 
 

“I would hope that the period of militant atheism and its consequent sufferings have forever receded into the past.

“One sees signs of this in the spiritual image of our times: society is returning to the unchanging values of faith, Orthodox churches are springing up everywhere, and the land of the Urals, soaked in the blood of the innocent Martyrs, is today visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims streaming in from throughout Russia and from abroad to prostrate themselves before the podvig of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers. 
 

“The Memorial Church-on-the-Blood of All Saints of Russia, erected on the site of the murder of the Royal Family, has already become a symbol of the renascence of our Fatherland in repentance, truth, love and devotion to God, a symbol of the reestablishment of historical memory and of the resurrection of Holy Russia.”

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[Icon venerated in the Cathedral of St Peter and St. Paul, Sydney]


...Links with the Australian Crown... 

 

  

Father Joachim points out that  the body of HRH PRincess Andrew of Greece, the mother of HRH Prince Philip, is buried in the crypt of the Russian Orthodox Monastery of St Mary Magadalene on the Mount of Olives at Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

This is  also the crypt that housed the body of her Aunt Grand Duchess Elizabeth before she was canonized  as a Saint of the Orthodox Church and her relics  enshrined in the monastery church.

 

He also writes that before  the State Wedding of HRH the Princess Elizabeth to HRH Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey,  a private  Orthodox wedding ceremony was celebrated at Buckingham Palace.

He says that within the last few years HRH Prince Philip has been received back into the Orthodox Faith by a member of the Greek Orthodox clergy in London.  Prince Philip has been a  frequent visitor to Mount Athos and a benefactor to a number of monasteries there.


 As well, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, often makes private retreats at an Athonite monastery and has frequent contact with the Orthodox clergy.

 
 
The disaster which followed the murder of the Tsar Print E-mail
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 17 July 2008

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[Imperial Family, 1911]

Ninety years ago, at around 230am on Thursday, 17 July 1918 Tsar Nicholas II, the Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children, including the Tsarevich,  were cruelly murdered on the instructions of Lenin.

Remains thought to be those of most of the Imperial Family were discovered in 1991. Rigorous scientific testing, including a DNA ample provided by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, affirmed their authenticity.  

In a moving ceremony, on 17 July, 1998, the Tsar, Tsarina and the Grand Duchesses was reburied  in the great Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul in the city of St. Petersberg.

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...President bows before the Tsar...

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In an act of great courage and deep personal and national contrition, the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin had bowed his head before the coffin of the soon to be canonized Tsar Nicholas II.

The President  solemnly declared before Russia and the world that all the Russian people must atone for this "monstrous crime" .Russia, he said, had to end its "century of blood and lawlessness" with repentance and reconciliation.

 "We all bear responsibility for the historical memory of the nation. That is why I could not fail to come here. I had to be here as both an individual and the president."

Condemning himself, as Communist Party chief at Yekaterinburg, where on direct orders from Moscow, he had supervised the destruction of the house where the imperial family was executed to prevent it becoming a monarchist shrine - he declared:

"Guilty are those who committed this heinous crime and those who have been justifying it for decades - all of us.

“We must not lie to ourselves, explaining this senseless cruelty with political goals."

"This is our historic chance, “ he said. “On the eve of the third millennium we must do it for the sake of our generation and those to come. Let us remember those innocent victims who have fallen to hatred and violence. May they rest in peace….”


...the disaster which followed....



The Bolsheik coup was a disaster not only for Russia and the enslaved nations, but also for the whole world.

 In this column of 9 June, 2006, we reiterated the sometimes forgotten but irrefutable fact that prior to the First World War, economic development was well advanced in Russia, and the country was moving towards becoming a full constitutional monarchy.

 The First World War intervened, and in the course of it Lenin had been sent in a sealed train by the German High Command to foment unrest in the Russian Empire and thus disrupt the war effort.

 

The war did not go well for Russia, so badly that the imperial government collapsed. Unable to win a majority in the parliament, the Bolsheviks waited until a crucial time and seized power, dispersing the democratic assembly. They proceeded to install one of the most brutal and absolute dictatorships known in modern history.

  

To those who would say it was worth it, Oleg Gordievsky, a former Colonel of the KGB, writes:

“Russia under Nicholas II, with all the survivals of feudalism, had opposition political parties, independent trade unions and newspapers, a rather radical parliament and a modern legal system. Its agriculture was on the level of the USA, with industry rapidly approaching the Western European level.

“[In contrast] in the USSR there was total tyranny, no political liberties and practically no human rights. Its economy was not viable; agriculture was destroyed. The terror against the population reached a scope unprecedented in [human] history.


“No wonder many Russians look back at Tsarist Russia as a paradise lost.”

 
Greek Royalists Association nails its colours to the mast Print E-mail
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 19 April 2008

 

 

 
Constantine, King of the Hellenes Print E-mail
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 21 January 2008

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...Constantine, King of the Hellenes... 

The Greek monarchy has twice been in the media recently.

First a British programme, ‘Constantine: A King’s Story,’ was broadcast by SBS.   This includes an interview in which the King discusses, it was said for the first time, the events which led to his exile.  There is also some very interesting old newsreel footage.

Having seen the programme, which I found to be reasonably balanced, I have not changed my mind as to my opinion about the King, which I recorded in this column on 2 February 2006.  I remain of the view that King Constantine is an admirable man, who has behaved with considerable propriety and with great dignity.

 From my own reading - and not from any information from the Greek Royalist Association of Australia - it seemed to me that the King had been unfairly treated by the politicians. It has to be remembered this was an exceptionally difficult time.  Greece had not long emerged from the civil war where the communists had been defeated.


....a national hero...


The young King Constantine of the Hellenes, who came to the throne at the age of 24, was a dashing and popular figure. Married to the beautiful Princess, Anne-Marie of Denmark, sister of the current Danish Queen, Margrethe II, he was considered a national hero for winning a gold medal in sailing at the 1960 Rome Olympics. This  was Greece’s only gold medal between 1912 and 1980.  Indeed in exile he was to play a leading and perhaps crucial role on the International Olympic Committee in the award of the 2004 Olympics to Athens.

The particular criticism made in the television programme was about the King swearing in the military junta in 1967. But the King had no realistic alternative and has always maintained that his brief co-operation with the coup was a tactical move that he hoped would allow him to organize a counter-coup. That was in fact launched later that year. Unfortunately it failed, at least in part because the King wanted to avoid bloodshed at all costs, so he and his family went into exile.

The dictator George Papadopoulos tried to persuade The King to return, but would never accept his condition that democracy be re-established.

When naval officers tried to overthrow "the Colonels”, Papadopoulos, with the support of a rigged plebiscite, retaliated by declaring a republic in 1973.

In April 1974 the junta's disastrous mishandling of events in Cyprus led to its downfall.

The apparently pro-royalist leader, Constantine Karamanlis, returned from exile to become Prime Minister.


...a politician’s double cross...

Read more...
 
The Crown and The Russian Orthodox Church Print E-mail
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 19 June 2007

ImageThe republican movement is mistaken in many things. Let us just consider two assumptions which they believe will ensure that Australia will become a republic, without the republicans having to campaign, work out what they want, or even leave their inner city salons.
The first assumption is that the young overwhelmingly support a republic. But all the evidence is to the contrary. Indeed the indications are, as we noted in this column on 6 September 2006, that support for republicanism among the young is in free fall.
The second assumption is that those Australians whose origins are not wholly or principally from Britain are republican. The republicans are entitled to believe what they want, but this is also untrue.
As just one example, consider this letter we published here on 2 November, 2005. The letter, dated 25 March 2005, was addressed to His Excellency the Governor- General, Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO and reads:
“Your Excellency,
The 14th Diocesan Conference of the clergy and laity of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad) in Australia and New Zealand, under the chairmanship of His Grace, the Most Reverend Archbishop Hilarion, sends greetings to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and wishes to affirm its loyalty and respect to our Sovereign Lady on behalf of the Church and the Russian community in general.
The Diocesan Conference prays for Her Majesty's well being and that of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Yours sincerely,
Archpriest Gabriel Makarov,
Deputy Chair of the Diocesan Assembly."
This year is the centenary of the decision taken in 1907 by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox church to authorise the adaption for use in English speaking countries, of services taken from the Book of Common Prayer.  The adaption includes the State Prayers for The Queen and the Royal Family.
The decision was later also adopted by the Antiochian Orthodox Patriarchate.
To commemorate this centenary, the adapted Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 240 Birrell Street, Waverley, in Sydney, [on the corner of Carrington Road and
opposite Waverley College], on Saturday the 7th of July, 2007, the Orthodox feast of the Nativity of Saint  John the Baptist.
The service will begin with the Liturgical Reception of the Archbishop and Mattins at 10.30AM. Archbishop Hilarion will preside and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11.00AM by Fr. Michael, superior of Saint Petroc Monastery, with Fr. Barry Jefferies as  Deacon and Fr. John Whiteside as Sub Deacon. The choir will be led by Russian Orthodox Sub Deacon Peter Ball.  Archbishop Hilarion will preach the sermon.   

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All are welcome:-
on Saturday, 7July, 2007
at St. Mary the Virgin, 249 Birrell Street, cnr Carrington Road, Waverley, in Sydney,
at 1030AM for Mattins, and
at 11AM for the Divine Liturgy

 
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